Informed by the royal commission's findings and concerns, and mindful of the many and varying effects of COVID, along with the changing demands of families and residents, Victoria's new state-of-the-art aged care residence, Bloom, in Clyde North represents the growing need for more holistic and better designed aged care homes that support the full spectrum of personal, social and practical needs of residents and their families.
On the advice of the Acting Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sonya Bennett, in consultation with the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee and the Victorian Chief Health Officer, it is now been determined as appropriate for residential aged care providers in Victoria to commence transitioning out of single site arrangements.
Music is the universal language and with skill and care can be a powerful ally in aged care. Staff need to be trained and educated to feel comfortable and capable of using music in a way that's driven by evidence, rather than by a sense of, 'oh, this is fun - let's put a CD on and hope that cheers everybody up'. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.
Locking down residential aged care facilities has been seen by many providers during the pandemic as the only means of shielding residents from the incoming tidal wave of COVID-19 infections. But it's an intervention that has had serious side effects. BIANCA ROBERTS reports.
The Maggie Beer Foundation is seeking interest and inviting multi-disciplinary food and nutrition professionals to join forces to enact critical change needed to improve the health and wellbeing of Australia’s aged care population.
To overcome the barriers posed by lockdown, Australian Multicultural Community Services have come up with a range of online alternatives, such as bilingual bingo sessions and letter and card writing, to help ensure the best quality care and support for our CALD elders.